Admission Requirements for International Students

Applications are considered year-round ("rolling admissions"). Students can be accepted into any of the 4 entry points per year (late August, mid November, late February, and late May). Once an admission file is complete, admissions decisions are usually reached within 30 days, often less.

Conditional Admission

Cal Lutheran grants conditional admission to applicants who complete an approved English language program in the U.S. and will qualify for a English examination waiver. A very popular language program (ELS Language Centers) is available online. With four entry points per year into our graduate programs, conditional admission is an attractive option for international students.

Application Procedure

The application process includes the submission and receipt of all documents required for an admissions decision. These documents include an application, a passport sized photo, official transcripts and degree certificates or certified true copies in English of all college and university records (usually sent directly to Cal Lutheran from each institution), the applicant's statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, a financial responsibility statement, a copy of the passport information page, and payment of the application fee. Additional information may be later requested to assist with the admissions decision. Applicants may be required to submit an official transcript evaluation completed by a NACES approved company like IEE or SpanTran


The priority deadline for admission is 90 days prior to the beginning of the term of intended entry. However, due to the small size of classes, immigration requirements, and other matters, early application is strongly recommended. Under special circumstances late applications may be considered.


Cal Lutheran admits highly-qualified and diverse students into its graduate programs. We recognize that the backgrounds of international students often represent a wide array of personal experiences, educational preparation, professional exposure, and individual abilities. As such, each application is extensively reviewed, and all supporting material is carefully considered.

Minimum qualifications for admission include the completion of a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized institution of higher learning. Other requirements include demonstration of quantitative ability, sufficient financial resources to complete the program (as required by U.S. law), and the ability to be successful in an educational environment where English serves as the instructional language. CLU does not require GRE or GMAT examinations for admission. Submission of these exams is optional. 

Conversational and academic proficiency of English is an integral part of studying at Cal Lutheran. International students are required to provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following methods. Test reports should be obtained within one year of the applicant's term of enrollment.   

  • Minimum Duolingo English Test score: 120
  • Minimum TOEFL score: 88
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
  • Minimum Pearsons (PTE Academic) score: 58
  • Completion of ELS 112
  • Applicants who earn a bachelor's degree in an English speaking country may have the proof of English proficiency requirement waived on a case by case basis. Please contact International Admission for more information:

Specific admission requirements are available from the program administrators.


Full-time international students in graduate programs at Cal Lutheran are offered modern, safe, and pleasant accommodations. View information concerning graduate housing at Cal Lutheran.


Applications can be completed online or with a printed application. Many applicants begin the process on-line and follow-up the on-line application with original documents sent later by courier or by post.

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Application Checklist

  • Online application, includinga a non-refundable $30 application fee 
  • Official transcripts and degree certificates or certified true copies in English of all college and university records sent directly from each institution to CLU
    • Students may be required to complete an official transcript evaluation including GPA equivalence and course-by-course listing, done by a NACES member company.  CLU recommends two providers who have offered CLU applicants a streamlined process for obtaining an evaluation. These are IEE and SpanTran
  • Official English examination scores: Duolingo English Test (DET), TOEFL, IELTS 
  • Personal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation from community leaders, business professionals or professors, sent directly to Cal Lutheran or submitted with the application
  • Financial Responsibility Statement or Official Bank Statement 
  • Copy of Passport information page
Submit all materials and direct all inquiries to:

Cal Lutheran Graduate Programs
60 W. Olsen Road #2200
Thousand Oaks, California 91360-2700, USA

Tel: +1 805 493-3325
Fax: +1 805 493-3861